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1 3-day Hands-On Training Program Course Description for 2015 In this fast paced program, students will learn the fundamentals of fiber optic transmission theory from the ground up. Beginning with safety and handling, students will then be exposed to all of the elements in a typical WAN/Outside Plant fiber optic network including the various cable types, connectors, interconnecting hardware, installation methodologies and industry standards used in this market. Students will also be trained on the types of equipment used to test and troubleshoot Outside Plant fiber optic cable networks. The program also includes extensive fusion splice restoration techniques for damaged cables. The program is highlighted by hundreds of samples from dozens of industry manufacturers and incorporates a series of hands-on labs to expose students to the fundamentals of outdoor cable installation, preparing loose tube cables for termination, installing fiber connectors at demarc panels, fusion splicing fiber cables in OSP enclosures and testing fiber systems with OTDRs and OLTS testers designed for WANs. The program is founded on Electronics Industries Alliance (EIA), Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and Telcordia standards. Students learn the methodologies used in designing, selecting, implementing, terminating and testing fiber optic cable networks following the standards set forth by such organizations. The program is also recognized by both BICSI and the Fiber Optic Association (FOA) as an accredited training course and, as such, these organizations offer certification and credits for attendants. It is a hands-on certification class worth 7 BICSI continuing education credits (CEC s) per day equating to a total of 21 BICSI credits for the 3-day program. Students will also receive color training catalogs, a certificate of involvement and a CFOT industry certification from the Fiber Optic Association upon completion, based on a written exam grade of 70% or higher. The exam is delivered on the third day of training. Topics covered in this program include such subject matter as an overview of fiber optic jargon, interconnection hardware, cable types and preparation, network loss budgets, fusion splicing, mechanical splicing, fiber cable preparation, installing fanout/breakout kits, installing fiber into patch/splice enclosures, laser optimized networks, OTDR testing, troubleshooting intricate fiber optic networks and much more. The delivery method utilized for this program includes a mixture of PowerPoint lecture, exposure to hundreds of material samples and instructor led hands-on labs and exercises each day. Who should attend? Anyone looking for a thorough understanding of fiber optic infrastructure systems including installers, aerial cable installation technicians, IT managers, systems designers, facility managers, LECs/CLECs, ITS professionals, telecom service technicians and more. Student Prerequisites: None (although a background in communications, computer networking or cabling systems is strongly recommended but is not required) Student Certification: Obtained by taking the written CFOT exam on the third day of the program (included in the course price). Students must receive an exam score of 70% or higher to achieve FOA CFOT certification. Classroom Ratio: 60% lecture, 40% hands-on labs. Accreditations: FOA CFOT Certification and 1-year membership into the FOA as well as 21 BICSI continuing education credits for all BICSI members that attend.

2 Topics To Be Covered, Day 1: Fiber optic safety practices WAN networking fundamentals The metric system and its comparative empirical conversions The basic components that comprise a fiber optic network Various types of optical fibers The various methods of manufacturing optical fiber Signal propagation characteristics within optical strands Optical dispersion characteristics and pulse spreading The electromagnetic spectrum and its fiber optic applications Water peak phenomenon and attenuation profiles within optical fibers Industry standards and the National Electric Code (NEC) Fiber optic cable types and proper installation methods Fiber optic connector styles (form factors) Introduction to fiber optic hand tools for termination Cable preparation lab for various cable styles, indoor/outdoor Installation lab for assorted connectors on various cable types Section 1: Fiber Optic Safety Fiber optic glass Isopropyl alcohol and solvents Laser exposure Section 2: Fiber Optic Theory Industry standards vs. codes Benefits of fiber vs. copper Metric system conversions Fiber optic link components Manufacturing glass performs (MCVD, etc.) Optical fiber cross section Single-mode fiber characteristics Chromatic dispersion Signal propagation Section 3: Optical Networking Network design types, WAN, PON Light sources and Cone of acceptance Electromagnetic spectrum Causes of attenuation EIA/TIA fiber attenuation limits Section 4: Fiber Optic Cables Universally adopted TIA fiber optic color code NEC Article ; fire safety code Fiber cable classifications Fiber cable types and applications Section 5: Pathways and Spaces Aerial Cable types and installation overview Underground Cable types and installation overview Conduit requirements & sub-ducts #5 Fiber Optic Connectors

3 Section 6: Fiber Optic Connectors Anatomy of a fiber optic connector Various connector styles including: ST, SC, FC, LC, MTRJ, MU, etc. Connector selection matrix Section 7: Fiber Optic Tools Safety aids and procedures Cable slitting and ringing Cutting tools and stripping tools Section 8: Cable Prep and termination (Lab) Installation of SC Quick connector types End face inspection Cleaning fiber optic connectors Pre-polish/No epoxy connector assembly (i.e. UniCam, FAST, etc.) Topics To Be Covered, Day 2: Network design considerations The causes and symptoms of attenuation The causes and symptoms of insertion loss The causes and symptoms of optical return loss Dynamic range and loss budget calculations WAN (Hands on) Optical loss testing methods and tools (Hands on) Tier 1 network certification (Hands on) Real world polarity issues (Hands on) Troubleshooting techniques, i.e. Visual Fault Locator, etc. Trouble shooting simulated fiber optic networks (Hands on) OTDR functionality (Hands on) OTDR set up and operation (Hands on) In depth OTDR trace analysis Section 1: Optical Fiber Theory (Review/Expanded) Fiber optic link components Metric Measurements and conversions Physical characteristics of fiber Bandwidth of optical fiber Gigabit Ethernet specifications Electromagnetic spectrum Types of light sources and their attributes Water peak (attenuation) profiles Section 2: Network Design Considerations Simplex networks and duplex polarity Loss budget calculations Transmission application loss limits Ethernet insertion loss limits Section 3: Terms and Units of Testing Optical Loss Testing terms and definitions db vs. dbm unit comparison Power conversions from (x)w to dbm EIA/TIA optical fiber loss over span specifications

4 Section 4: Tier 1 Network Testing (Power Meter & Source) Types of power meters and light sources One jumper reference method Tier 1 Method B test process Mandrel wrapping of multimode fibers during testing Section 5: Tier 1 Network Testing (Certification Test) Types of certification test sets Section 6: Troubleshooting Tools and Techniques Fiber identifiers Visual fault locators and continuity testing Fiber optic talk sets Handheld and video fiber microscopes Section 7: Tier 2 Testing with OTDR (Optical Time Domain Reflectometer) OTDR types and features OTDR functionality Use of launch and receive cables Proper system set up and testing parameters Trace result analysis File/PC storage Topics To Be Covered, Day 3: Fiber cleaving technologies Fiber cleaving (hands on) Fusion splicing technologies Fusion splicing process (hands on) Single fiber splicing (hands on) Ribbon fiber splicing overview FuseConnect and SOC connector systems overview Splicing and termination hardware and apparatus Fusion splice trays and accessories Adapter plates and panel accessories Section 1: Fusion Splicing Modern V-Groove style splicing equipment Modern FTTX style splicing equipment Modern Core align style splicing equipment Section 2: Fiber Cleaving Basic hand held cleavers & variability Precision cleavers Section 3: Single Fiber Splicing Mechanics of a single fiber fusion splicer Splicer set up and operation V groove vs. Core align splicer fundamentals Splice quality evaluation Individual splice protection

5 Section 4: Mass/Ribbon Fiber Splicing Mechanics of a ribbon fusion splicer overview Ribbon fiber cable stripping and cleaving overview Hands-on labs of ribbon splicing Section 5: Patch and Splice Apparatus Equipment cabinets, racks and associated hardware Cable management in racks and demarcation areas Indoor wall and rack mount patch panels NEMA rated wall mount patch panels NID boxes and demarc hardware Pedestals and hand holes FTTX Enclosures, OptiTap and FiberTap Adapter plate inserts Butt & In-line style splice enclosures (various) Splice trays for various apparatus Labs for fusion splicing in OSP enclosures Section 6: OSP Cable Hardware Conventional strand and lash materials ADSS Cable hardware Slack storage shows and types Pole-mount cable storage OPGW hardware Section 7: FOA CFOT Exam Exam preparation and review Administer the written exam Call Toll Free and Enroll Today at ! Classes form regularly across the Northeastern

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